body heat


: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activities

called also animal heat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On a warm, greenhouse Earth, animals that relied on their environment’s temperature to regulate their body heat—like snakes—were able to attain larger body sizes than during cooler times. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2023 But these rides, Joseph Bien-Kahn explains, are dangerous: Aside from the exhaustion of such challenging trails, Mackay can no longer regulate his body heat, and there’s also the risk of spasms, infections, and sores from sitting for long journeys. Longreads, 16 Sep. 2022 New models have high quality cameras and sensors as well as thermal imaging capabilities to locate people using their body heat. Dallas News, 20 Dec. 2022 The top of the mattress is covered with a cooling ArcticTex cover that helps draw away body heat. Zach Epstein, BGR, 24 Apr. 2022 At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2020, Panasonic unveiled a new concept based on activity-sensing technology that is designed to predict your behavior around the home, including biometric sensors that adjust room temperature based on your body heat. CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 It's also designed to use your body heat to reduce wrinkles after just 15 minutes of wearing it, which is a uniquely convenient feature. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2023 These use your body heat to form to your foot after a few days of riding. Déjà Leonard, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2023 Aside from its fit, the jacket is also impressively warm, thanks to its Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining, which traps in body heat. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body heat was in 1861

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“Body heat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

body heat

: heat produced in the body of a living animal by metabolic and physical activity

called also animal heat

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